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Jedburgh motorist five times over the legal alcohol limit banned from driving

In addition to the 24 month ban, he was fined £200. Credit: PA

A motorist from Jedburgh, Scotland, who was found to be more than five times the legal alcohol limit after being involved in an accident, has been banned from the road for two years at the town's Sheriff Court.

Thirty two year old Alistair McBain of High Street, recorded a breath reading of 115 microgrammes - the legal limit being 22 microgrammes. The court heard McBain struck a car which had been slowing down on the A68 at Ancrum at lunchtime on Friday, June 2.

Ambulance staff at the scene called the police and McBain gave what was described as a "very high level of reading." In addition to the 24 month ban, he was fined £200.

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Jedburgh to host British Rally Championship opener

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It's been announced that the Border Counties Rally will host the first round of the British Rally Championship.

The Jedburgh-based event is already a firm favourite on the calendar of the Scottish Rally Championship, but after the cancellation of the Mid Wales Stages, organisers have decided to use the Borders event as the season opener for the elite British series.

It's expected that the event will bring a welcomed boost to the region's economy, with thousands of spectators expected over the weekend of 18th March.

A strong contingent of local rally drivers will be among the favourites to win the event. These include reigning Scottish Champion and Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong, Duns driver Garry Pearson and 2011 British Rally Champion David Bogie from Dumfries.

Police target nuisance motorcycles

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Police have been checking motorcyclists in Jedburgh following reports of antisocial off-road riding near the town.

On Sunday seven motorcycles were stopped near to Pennymuir.

All of the vehicles and riders were checked and no crimes or vehicle defects were identified. Having been informed of the potential offences if caught riding motorcycles in this area, police say the riders opted to leave and take up their activities elsewhere.

A further seven motorcycles and riders were then checked at the Cannongate car park, resulting in two riders being issued with non-endorsable tickets in relation to the mechanical state of their vehicles.

"Members of the public and local councillors have identified a number of areas off-road that required police attention due to recent incidents involving the antisocial use of motorcycles and similar vehicles. These areas have historic significance and are used by a large number of walkers.

"We have responded with the activity over the weekend and will continue to monitor these areas to detect any offences and offer appropriate advice to motorcyclists.

"In addition, we will be liaising with both Scottish Borders Council and Historic Environment Scotland in relation to the use of motorcycles in Deer Street and surrounding areas."

– Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

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PHOTOS: Jethart Callant's Festival

Three hundred riders followed the Principle for the traditional riding of the boundaries at the Jethart Callant's Festival in Jedburgh today.

Dating back to 1947 it isn't the oldest festival in the Scottish Borders, but there's a huge amount of pride in the town's history, which is celebrated during the event.

The Jethart Callant's Festival. Credit: ITV Border
The Jethart Callant's Festival. Credit: ITV Border
The Jethart Callant's Festival. Credit: ITV Border
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